Tamiami Trail head-on crash kills 3 people

A Florida Highway Patrol spokesman reported that a deadly head-on collision on Tamiami Trail claimed the lives of three people. The accident reportedly occurred on the trail’s western edges on Dec. 10 around 6:45 p.m. Officers indicated similar accidents have occurred in the same stretch of the road in the past.

A 35-year-old Hollywood man driving a 2001 Lexus IS300 was traveling east on the road. He then veered into the westbound lane, colliding head-on with a Jeep carrying two international tourists, a man from Germany and a man from the United Kingdom. Officers indicated they believe the 35-year-old man may have been attempting to pass cars in front of his vehicle.

The accident killed the Lexus’s driver as well as the two foreign tourists. The Lexus’s driver was a member of the Idaho tribe. His passenger, a member of the Miccosukee tribe, was the only survivor. Responding emergency medical personnel had to airlift him for treatment to Kendal Regional Hospital. He was reported to be in critical condition.

It is important for all drivers to pay attention to other cars traveling on the road and to drive with caution. When a driver drives recklessly or is distracted, a car accident causing fatalities or serious injuries to others could result. In such a case, the families of the people killed might be able to recover damages from the negligent motorist. In cases in which the liable driver also loses his or her life, a wrongful death claim may be filed against his or her estate. Families may be able to find financial relief from the compensation they may be awarded.

Source: Miami Herald , “Another head-on collision on Tamiami Trail, this time 3 people die “, Carli Teproff, December 11, 2014